05 May 2008

Lotion as "medicine" for boo-boos

Serena's new "magic healing potion" is plain old lotion:

New hack I came up with on the spot for our not-quite three year old, who is very much into rituals, such as putting medicine on a cut and then the bandaid. Recently he has been requesting medicine and bandaids on boo-boos that, well, aren't really there (sometimes it might be a real hurt, like closing a drawer on his hand, but not something requiring a bandaid). I have no problem with gratuitous bandaids, but I really don't want to put neosporin or bacitracin on him for no reason, so yesterday I said I had a different medicine to use and took out a small tube of lotion instead - we put a little on, and then the bandaid. All was well!

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On this topic, does anyone have an idea for quick, harmless placebos in the form of medicine?

Last night my littlest was complaining of something, he couldn't tell me what, and I didn't want to give him real medicine on that basis.

If I had some fruit punch syrup or something, I might have given him a little as a placebo, but I didn't any other ideas?

For a medicine pill placebo, you could put SweetTart candies (or any other "sugar pill" type candies) into an empty, washed, pill container. (Obviously, it should be well labelled.) Then, when you need a little "medicine" for non-specific aches, you can give it. It's another form of the "mom's kiss" cure-all for bumps and bruises...

For "medicine" syrup, try using the syrup you can buy for Slushee's (Icee's). You could relabel and reuse a regular medicine bottle...little cup thing and all :)

I have a similar "hack" to counter the screaming "I can't put my boo-boo under water!" in the tub.
I squirt in a bit of baby oil as "medicine" to protect the boo-boo from the 'terrible sting' of the water. Most boo-boos don't actually hurt in the water but some have so he remembers. The baby oil soothes his fears of 'pain' and adds a little skin softener at the same time.
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drawbacks - I need to spray the tub with cleaner ASAP after the bath to prevent the next person in the shower form falling you-know-what-over-tea-kettle AND I need to toss any tub toys that soaked in the baby oil into some liquid dish soap (not a bad thing, really) to de-grease BUT, it stops him from taking an entire bath with one whole leg out of the water to protect the scrape on his knee!

I am a Pharmacist. In my opinion, a parent or other caregiver should NEVER give candy or other as a "placebo". For starters, if they find a bottle of medicine they will thing it is ok to take, which of course s dangerous. Second, this does not teach healthy living. Medicine is not always the cure. Having a 4 yeaqr old I have a tough time with this as you do. But, giving candy aand saying it is medicine can lead to serious happenings down the line. Most medicine to a young child looks like candy and promoting that can lead to emergeny room visits or worse. Sorry this is not meant as a rant, but as a precaution.

Hey, this explains why, when I was a wee kidlet, my mom always told me to put Vaseline on bruises. She just wanted me out of her hair! :-P

I started telling my 6 year old that the band aids we now have already have meds in/on them.

We now have a rule: bandaids are only for when there is blood, to stop the "leaking".

But the best hack I learned was to have a "boo-boo stick" instead. We have a few tubes of chapstick around, and we tell them a little rub on the boo-boo will make it all better.

Saves a bundle in bandaids!

Ok, I agree with the pharm on the no-candy-for-fake-meds thing, and with my 2 1/2 yr old twins, we have actually found THE BEST THING EVER for bruises and boo boos- especially bad bang-ups!

You can get Arnica Oil at whole food stores and I swear I never heard of it until a friend told us about it, but it works wonders both for the actual bruises- can make a bad bruise be almost gone in a day or 2, PLUS the kids ask for their "boo boo oil" every time the get a boo boo and it doesn't hurt to give them a little on their leg for whatever booboo's. One small bottle has lasted 2 toddlers for a year 1/2, and it's still 1/2 full!

This has the affect of lotion on boo boo's but actually works for stuff too!

Ok, I agree with the pharm on the no-candy-for-fake-meds thing, and with my 2 1/2 yr old twins, we have actually found THE BEST THING EVER for bruises and boo boos- especially bad bang-ups!

You can get Arnica Oil at whole food stores and I swear I never heard of it until a friend told us about it, but it works wonders both for the actual bruises- can make a bad bruise be almost gone in a day or 2, PLUS the kids ask for their "boo boo oil" every time the get a boo boo and it doesn't hurt to give them a little on their leg for whatever booboo's. One small bottle has lasted 2 toddlers for a year 1/2, and it's still 1/2 full!

This has the affect of lotion on boo boo's but actually works for stuff too!

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